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So you’ve started saving into your TPT pension. Now what? The amount you pay into your pension is key – the more you pay in now, the more you’ll have to enjoy when you come to take your pension savings.

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How much should I save?

Typically, once you've been auto enrolled into a workplace pension, you'll contribute an amount equal to 8% of your earnings. Your employer must contribute at least 3% of this, with the remaining 5% coming from you.

You can also choose to pay more than the minimum if you want to. Remember – you're saving for the long term, so a little now is better than nothing at all.

Some employers will pay in more and some will even increase their contributions as you increase yours - make sure to check if this is something your employer offers so you can be sure you are getting the most from your pension.

Am I on track?

It’s good to have an idea about what you want to do in your retirement, so you have a better idea of how much you might need to save to make that happen.

The Retirement Living Standards have been developed by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). They're a useful way to help you picture what kind of lifestyle you want to have when you retire and give you an idea of much it might cost you, so you can plan how much you'll need to save.

Take our interactive video quiz, or use our pension savings tool to work out what sort of retirement lifestyle you might like and how to achieve it.

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  • How do pension investments work?

    Your TPT pension savings are invested in the stock market, in a range of assets or holdings that our fund managers believe will provide good returns, such as company shares, bonds and property.

    When you’re first enrolled with TPT, your pension contributions will be automatically invested in one of our default investment options, which are called Target Date Funds (TDFs).

    In the earlier stages of your pension savings journey, with a TDF, your money is invested in higher risk assets, to give it the best potential to grow. As you get nearer to your target retirement age, your money is moved into more cautious assets, to protect the value of your pension pot from any sudden falls in the stock market in the run up to your retirement.

    If you want to take a more hands-on approach, or have particular religious or ethical beliefs that need to be considered, you can instead choose to invest your pension savings in a range of self-select funds.

How can I learn more about investments?

If you want to find out more about how pensions, investments and retirement work, our Pensions Learning Hub is for you! It contains video guides and details of our free live online webinars, designed to guide you through your pension journey – from the start of your career until retirement. Why not take a look or book a place at one of our webinars today?

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